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The next loss for the Red Sox will be their 90th of the season. This
will almost certainly be viewed as further evidence of the apocalypse
and the need for Bobby Valentine to be drawn and quartered in Copley
Losing 90 games is a benchmark in baseball. It's the point where you
cross the line from being merely a bad team to being a truly dreadful
one. Plenty of teams have losing seasons, but you need to really stink
up the joint to lose 90 games.
But it's worth noting that you have to back to 1966 — three years
before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon — to find the last Red Sox team
to lose 90 games.
If that sounds impressive, it should. Because no other team has come close to going that many years.
So do not bemoan 90 losses. Celebrate the fact that you went 45 years without having to say, "Man, my team really stinks."
Globe: Thoughts on a miserable milestone for the Red Sox
Most Red Sox fans have stopped watching and are oblivious to what is going on with the team and baseball in general. With 4 games left this season, fully expect the Sox to finish with 93 losses. It is still weird to type "losses" after such a large number.
Last night's loss wasn't as embarrassing as the previous night. The Sox put up a great fight, but fell short of returning the favor to the Orioles by playing spoiler. There is that word again, I don't know why I mentioned it..."spoiler". I thought the requirement to play spoiler is to be a decent team. By decent, I mean more than 70 wins. I've been hearing that word for the last month and the Sox are the worst team at playing spoiler. They just make every team they play look like a playoff contender. The Royals have a better record than the Red Sox, THE ROYALS!
Thank god it is football season and basketball season is right around the corner. Some hockey would be nice, but I won't get into it.
On Page 2, The Sox may not require experience for their next manager.
The Red Sox [team stats] went the experienced route at the end of their last managerial search, and the results under Bobby Valentine speak for themselves. Meanwhile, the Chicago White Sox, under rookie manager Robin Ventura, have remained in contention to the final weeks of the season. And the St. Louis Cardinals, under former catcher Mike Matheny,
have maintained their grip on the second wild card spot despite
challenges from half of the National League in August and September.
“Times have changed,” said former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar,
now of the MLB Network. “It just takes one person to believe in you,
period. There’s no solution, there’s no theory, there’s no set path you
have to follow anymore. You don’t have to manage in A ball for five
years, and then Double A and Triple A, work your way up. It’s just the
way it is. If someone believes in you, they’ll give you a shot.
Worst-case scenario, if it doesn’t work, you get fired.”
While most of the candidates they interviewed last winter — Torey Lovullo, Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum, Sandy Alomar Jr.
— had no previous big league managing experience, the Sox ultimately
felt uncomfortable with the prospect of an unproven manager dealing with
a group of underachievers, which is why Valentine and Gene Lamont ended up being the two finalists.
But the success of Ventura and Matheny has changed plenty of teams’ thinking, including the Red Sox.
“It’s a bit of a loaded question, but . . . if you’re talking about
players the stature of those players, in special circumstances, yeah, I
still think there’s a presumption in favor of experience, but there’s
always the rebuttable exception to the presumption,” Sox CEO Larry Lucchino told the Herald’s Gerry Callahan on WEEI recently. “I think we’ve seen it this year. So yeah, I think it’s changed the whole industry’s perspective a bit.”
Herald: Red Sox manger job: Experience not needed
We've talked about this before and the name that popped in everyone's head was Jason Varitek. Then it was decided it was too soon since his retirement and we moved on from that idea back to John Farrell. Now, John Farrell may be a back up choice if available, and we are back to having no clue who the next candidates will be.
I am burnt out with the talks of Valentine's replacement. We have no idea which direction they will go in, and I am pretty sure they don't know either.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Final Orioles 4, Red Sox 3 | For Doubront, it's a season to build on | Ellsbury returns to the Red Sox lineup | CSNNE: Doubront proves to be viable starter | Orioles clip Red Sox, 4-3 | Ellsbury returns; Melancon showing improvement | McAdam on when Bobby V could be fired and next manager | Herald: Orioles beat Boston, gain tie for AL East lead | Infield partnership | Birds continue to have Sox' number | Niemann pleased to have dream job | ESPN Boston: Ellsbury back after missing 6 games | Sox to hire talent evaluator Eddie Bane | Rapid Reaction: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3